THE CAUSES OF FALL OF PUBLIC SECTOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS: SOME REMEDIES TO OVERCOME THIS FALL

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IJAZ AHMAD TATLAH
AYAZ MUHAMMAD KHAN

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This study was aimed at investigating the causes of fall of public sector secondary schools in district Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan with the objectives to identify factors contributing to low performance of Government schools as perceived by experienced educationists and parents. Moreover to find out the opinions of the teachers, the administrators, the parents, and students about identified factors and the effects of demographic factors on opinions about the fall of public sector schools. In the end some of the suggestions also have been given to improve the standards of education. To conduct this survey a questionnaire comprised of 30 items was served over a sample of 192-teachers, 24headteachers and 192-students from 24 public secondary schools that became 408 in total. Cronbach`s Alpha reliability for the questionnaire was 0.79, ANOVA and t-test were applied to find out the significant difference between the opinion of three groups and afterward these opinions were compared on the basis of six factors that are Quality of education, Evaluation, Infrastructure , Fee affordability of the parents and their satisfaction, and professional skills. A significant difference between the responses of the teachers and students about the causes of fall in evaluation of education, quality of education and lack of infrastructure was found. Results from teachers responses represents that parents were not satisfied with the education system of Public Sector Secondary Schools, so it might be a cause of decline of Public Sector Secondary Schools where as they were satisfied about the professional skills of public sector secondary school teachers that they are proficient so, it might not be a cause of decline of Public Sector Schools.

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